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HF 1072

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/28/2019 11:54pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; enhancing the penalty for assaulting a police officer;
criminalizing the dissemination of personal information about law enforcement
officials in certain circumstances; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section
609.2231, subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 609.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 609.2231, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Peace officers.

(a) As used in this subdivision, "peace officer" means a
person who is licensed under section 626.845, subdivision 1, and effecting a lawful arrest
or executing any other duty imposed by law.

(b) Whoever physically assaults a peace officer is guilty of a deleted text begingross misdemeanordeleted text endnew text begin felony
and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than two years or to payment of a fine
of not more than $4,000, or both
new text end.

(c) Whoever commits either of the following acts against a peace officer is guilty of a
felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years or to payment
of a fine of not more than $6,000, or both: (1) physically assaults the officer if the assault
inflicts demonstrable bodily harm; or (2) intentionally throws or otherwise transfers bodily
fluids or feces at or onto the officer.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2019, and applies to violations
committed on or after that date.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [609.5151] DISSEMINATION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS PROHIBITED; PENALTY.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin As used in this section:
new text end

new text begin (1) "immediate family member" means a law enforcement official's spouse, child, or
parent, or any other blood relative who lives in the same residence as the law enforcement
official;
new text end

new text begin (2) "law enforcement official" means a peace officer as defined in section 626.84,
subdivision 1, a judge as defined in section 609.221, subdivision 2, paragraph (c), or a
prosecutor as defined in section 609.221, subdivision 2, paragraph (c); and
new text end

new text begin (3) "personal information" means a law enforcement official's home address, home
telephone number, personal mobile telephone number, pager number, personal e-mail
address, personal photograph, directions to the law enforcement official's home, or
photographs of the law enforcement official's or the official's immediate family member's
home or vehicle.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Crime described. new text end

new text begin It is a misdemeanor for a person to knowingly make publicly
available, including but not limited to on the Internet, personal information about a law
enforcement official or an official's immediate family member, if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the dissemination of the personal information poses an imminent and serious threat
to the law enforcement official's safety or the safety of a law enforcement official's immediate
family member; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the person making the information publicly available knows or reasonably should
know of the imminent and serious threat.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2019, and applies to crimes
committed on or after that date.
new text end